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USQ/MLQ Return to Play Guidelines for COVID-19

The return to play guidelines for all USQ and MLQ member teams are now available. All teams will be moving through the same stages of return to play together.

Update August 14, 2020

Since we have announced the USQ/MLQ Return to Play Guidelines, we have received many questions from teams, players, and coaches. Below are a few of the most common questions we have received. 

Why can’t we have larger practices if our state allows it?

Even though all states are not in the same phase of reopening, we want to make sure that all teams are getting the same playing opportunities. Having all of quidditch on the same return to play stage allows for teams in areas who are in stricter states to not fall behind. 

It is also important for the quidditch community to be cautious and not contribute to the re-emergence of the virus. We are doing our part to avoid teams and players gathering in large groups or traveling across state lines for practices.  

How are the guidelines being enforced? And who is responsible for administering disciplinary action?

These guidelines are being enforced through our current disciplinary policy. Violations to the return to play policy can be reported through the existing disciplinary conduct form here. More information about all gameplay policies for this season will be available the week of August 17. 

The gameplay team, in conjunction with the risk management team, will make a determination on disciplinary action. Both teams will do a full investigation and make a decision based on what has been learned in the course of the investigation. 

Can we host two separate practices at the same time?

Yes, you can host multiple practices at the same time, as long as each practice follows the return to play guidelines. Each practice will need to be an extended distance apart, i.e:  two opposite sides of a large soccer field distance away. 

If planning on hosting multiple practices, some other guidelines to follow are: 

  • Do not swap players between each practice.
  • Keep record of who was at what practice. Use the form here
  • Make sure to thoroughly disinfect equipment before storing all practice equipment together.

Can we practice in an indoor facility if it has multiple garage doors that are opened?

Yes, as long as there is significant outside airflow throughout the facility. We encourage teams to not take this option if a fully outdoor facility is available. 

Can we gather as a team if we are not playing quidditch? 

Safety to our community is the number one priority with these guidelines, which is why we are not allowing any large team function or gathering. These include practices, events, meetings, or any other team get-togethers larger than 10 people.


 

As mentioned in the announcement on July 29, USQ and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) have been collaborating on return to play guidelines for COVID-19. The guidelines are requirements that apply to all of quidditch, in any state that a player, coach, staff, or volunteer resides or participates in.

Given the fluid nature of this situation, MLQ and USQ staff, including USQ’s risk management team, have decided to provide continual updates about the status of quidditch and what the return to play guidelines are. They will continually monitor the information from federal, state, and local health authorities, and will reference guidelines from the CDC, United State Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and other national governing bodies. The next update on quidditch’s return to play status will be provided on September 4. Another update will be posted on September 18, and then again on October 1. 

USQ’s risk management team includes members of the medical community, and are vital in deciding quidditch’s current guidelines and restrictions. The members include:

  • Demetrius Collins, PT, DPT, LAT, ScD: Certified Athletic Trainer & Physical Therapist
  • Rebecca Martin, MPH: Masters in Public Health
  • Som Singh: MD Candidate
  • Shawn Zink, MSS, ATC: Certified Athletic Trainer

The full return to play guidelines can be downloaded here. They are also available on our website

Return to Play Guidelines: Stage 1

All USQ and MLQ member teams will start in stage 1. Stage 1 includes the following restrictions:

  • Only outdoor practices with 10 people or less
  • No indoor practices or meetings
  • No activities that require direct contact between athletes. All drills must be non-contact.
  • No scrimmages between other teams
  • All athletes must use their own broom
  • No sharing of water bottles, towels, mouth guards, or other personal items
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Follow CDC sanitization guidelines (listed below)

If you have recently showed symptoms or come in contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive, do not participate in any practice or activity with others. More information on general COVID-19 guidelines and symptoms is provided below. 

While we are all eager to return to play, we all must remain patient through this process. USQ and MLQ as always, appreciate your support while we continue taking the appropriate steps towards a safe return.

COVID-19 General Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers general guidelines and recommendations for the public on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. They currently include:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment including balls. 
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings. 
  • Stay at least 6-feet away from non-household members. 
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
    • Throw out the tissue and wash your hands afterward. Alternatively, you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. 
  • Stay at home if you are sick

Consequences for Violating Return to Play Guidelines

USQ’s fair play policy has been amended to incorporate flouting public safety and return to play guidelines.

Intentionally flouting public safety and return to play guidelines: A person or team who is found to have played in a game, practice, or event when unsafe to due so in regards to school, local, state, or USQ/MLQ guidelines will be ineligible to compete at US Quidditch Cup that season.

Additional disciplinary action may also be taken.

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